How to type a skull & crossbone

The skull and crossbones design, sometimes called "The Jolly Roger" has come to symbolise the "Golden Age of Piracy," the period between 1650 and 1720, when famous cutthroats such as Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd and "Calico" Jack Rackham terrorised sailing ships on the high seas, according to the National Maritime Museum in London. The image has retained its power to excite and thrill ever after and is widely recognised today as a hazard symbol on poisonous substances. The lure of the skull and crossbones is so strong that it has become an iconic fashion statement in its own right, visible on badges and T-shirts as well as e-mails, documents and web pages.

Click on the "Start" button at the bottom left of your screen.

Click on Microsoft Word, or Word Pad to open a new document.

Choose the font "Windings" from the drop-down list shown on the toolbar.

Type a capital letter N on your keyboard. A skull and crossbones symbol will appear. You can adjust the size of the symbol using the font size drop-down list. This is on the toolbar next to the drop-down list of font names.

Go to an online source of symbols such as Facebook Symbols, if your computer does not run Microsoft Windows. Locate a skull and crossbones design and place the screen cursor over it.

Double click on the design to highlight it, using the left button of your mouse or touchpad.

Click the right button of your mouse or touchpad. A list of options pops up. Choose "Copy".

Open the document---word processor page, webpage or e-mail---where you wish your symbol to appear.

Place the screen cursor in the place where you want to see the symbol. Right click on your mouse or touchpad. A list of options pops up. Choose "Paste." The skull and crossbones symbol will appear.

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About the Author

British writer Martin Malcolm specializes in children's nonfiction. His books include "A Giant in Ancient Egypt" and "Poetry By Numbers." His schoolkids' campaign for the Red Cross won the 2008 Charity Award. A qualified teacher, he has written for the BBC and MTV. He holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of London.